A Spring Break of Service

A Spring Break of Service


[Music] Tyrrell County is probably one of the
poorest counties in the whole state. We’re also a very rural community. We’re very spread out. There’s needs in health care, there’s
needs related to food. There is only one nurse practitioner. There’s no physician
in Tyrrell County. ‘You OK with doing one more test?’ This week we’ve got students here in Tyrrell County doing all kinds of activities with community
partners. We’re a combination of physical therapists, nurses, public health majors,
and we’re here helping any way possible. There are about 20 of us. Some
of the things we’re doing are working at the food bank, and we are also
participating in health education programs at the middle and high schools
and elementary schools. We’re in the senior fitness center assessing seniors’
balance and doing fall prevention programs. We’re sharing a multitude of
knowledge with them that they might not otherwise have access to. It’s
important for us to be able to help out wherever we can. In a lot of my classes
these past few semesters, we’ve been talking about rural health, but I think
it’s another thing to actually be in rural areas, and to be experiencing it in
a hands-on way. Realizing that we can make a difference in a whole county was
the big takeaway for me. It made me extremely happy just see the smiles on
everyone’s faces and to just be in this community working. So fulfilling. Made my heart full. One of Carolina’s missions is service to the state. Because we are a public
university it’s our responsibility to make sure that our state is taken care
of, and that includes all parts of the state, not just the ones around the
college itself. UNC students have done amazing projects throughout the
community. They’re leaving a legacy. For them to just come through here and take their spring break and do community service work in this area it means the
world to me, and it means the world to a lot of the people here.

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